Head of School
JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School (www.jcdsboston.org) seeks a dynamic, inspirational, and entrepreneurial educational leader who is committed to the school’s pluralist mission, is energized to continuing to build upon the school’s already strong community, and is excited by the opportunity to lead JCDS. The school, located in Watertown, MA, a vibrant community in metropolitan Boston adjacent to Cambridge and Newton, serves students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Founded in 1995, JCDS has thrived as a strong community where students, parents and faculty find academic growth, intellectual stimulation, deep Jewish meaning and joy, and strong personal connections.
From an enrollment of 11 students in its inaugural year, the school’s projected enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is 152 students. As an independent, pluralist, co-educational Jewish day school, JCDS attracts students and families from many different cities and towns in the Boston area. Families span a wide spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, traditional, post-denominational, unaffiliated, interfaith, and secular. Additionally, the school has a strong philosophic and financial commitment to economic diversity. The curriculum and school culture embrace and celebrate the diversity represented within the school’s community. Diversity at JCDS takes many forms. There are Americans and Israelis, and as well, there is socio-economic, racial, LGBTQ, and cultural diversity.
Intentional pluralism is the school’s most distinctive cultural element and its organizing principle. JCDS teaches that diversity of expression, belief, and practice are strengths of the school community and that interacting with these differences with dignity and respect leads to growth and development for all. Since pluralism is a principled philosophical stance rather than a pragmatic one, the school makes decisions across all areas, including the educational program along with the commitment to academic excellence in both general studies and Jewish learning, and admissions decisions to reflect this commitment. Hebrew and English are used throughout the day as languages of instruction and communication. Children learn to converse well in both languages and develop a strong cultural connection with Israel.
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